Sometimes the most exciting part of the year is a trip away with friends, but the least exciting part about it might just be the planning. There are many things to consider when planning a holiday away with the girls and sometimes trips away even with the best of friends don’t go smoothly, so here is a handy guide to help make sure everything is covered and nothing is forgotten, to keep everyone happy and pumped for a holiday ahead.
Discuss the Destination and Ideal Budget
One of the most important things about traveling with other people is to lay all cards on the table. No one should be coerced to spend above their means, do anything or go anywhere that makes someone uncomfortable. That would not make for an enjoyable holiday!
Be open and honest about the ideal budget, if there is any wiggle room and the destinations that are in mind to see what matches up all together so everyone can settle on a compromise.
There is nothing wrong with being particular, and the more thorough, the better. This advocates transparency for everyone and what is expected of the trip.
Share the Planning Equally
There is probably a Monica from friends in the group that cannot wait to get the clipboard out, but unless it really is a dream come true, having to plan a trip alone can be stressful and difficult, if not for the sole reason that a joint holiday needs to be built on joint opinions and preferences. Allocate jobs individually, so one person plans the transfers, one person books the accommodation, etc. A top tip would be to see flights are cheapest in advance and then book accordingly. For example, if flying from Newark, check out deals in advance, including car parking Newark airport, and all the extras in between to find the best offer.
“Make sure there is wiggle room for spontaneous moments.”
Have a Shared Idea of Holiday Activities
Different people want different things from holidays, and although friends will have a lot in common, there will be certain things that friends will want to see and do which others will not be too fussed about. To make sure everyone comes away happy and fulfilled on the joint holiday, have everyone plan out the most important to the least essential activities, and co-ordinate accordingly, so everyone is happy with a loose itinerary.
Do some research on the area together and gather some ideas together of what restaurants look appealing, which cafes have the best ratings, and where to go shopping. Doing this on holiday will only cut into holiday time, and it is best to have everything agreed beforehand so things can run as smoothly as possible.
That being said, make sure not every minute of the day is planned so there is wiggle room for the more spontaneous moments! Not to mention leeway for accidental hangovers or too much sun.
Don’t Leave Everything Last Minute
Leaving everything to the last minute is bound to cause avoidable tension. Make sure everything is prepped and planned in advance so things can go off without a hitch! Organize with lists, keep the communication open to all those involved in the holiday, and importantly, allow for last-minute changes.